Saturday, 23 July 2011

Anders links with European far right

It seems Anders Behring, was quite active amongst far right circles, including our very English Defence League, he also appears to have had a grudge against Labour parties throughout Europe as he claims the UK intelligence services are run by the Labour party (I assume he means controlled and directed by the Party itself rather just ran by its Ministers during its time in government) "Second, Labour governs intelligence service. They had never in his life supported the EDL as these create a lot of positive attention for the cultural conservative movement in the UK." Source which does seem to support the view that he believed the Norwegian Labour party was directly responsible for what he called "Eurabia" and the Islamisation of Europe" hmm those two terms sound familiar to anyone?

He also viewed the Norway's mainstream media as part of a Marxist plot " It would be a pity if you ignored the suggestions and decided to squandered all the money in a potentially "politically correct" person with a background in the Marxist boot camp: Volda University College or any other journalist (Marxist) camps, etc." source number 13 He goes on like that for a while rambling throughout the document about all sorts of topics, though Marxists and Muslims keep cropping up. Anyone familiar with the thinking and propaganda of groups such as the EDL BNP or there continental equivalents will find a lot of it sounds very familiar. All in all quite a paranoid and warped view of the world. Lets hope the appalling nature of Anders actions in Norway will wake at least a few of the flag waving crusader up before there frustrations cause them to try something like this. Well I hope they will but I won't hold my breath.

Take care.

Oslo attacks kill over 80

Yesterday Norway was rudely acquainted with the brutal affects of Terrorism, when a dual attack rocked the capital and brought bloodshed to the idyllic nearby island of Utoey. Fortunately the Oslo car bomb despite being place close to pack government and press offices had a relatively low death toll, unfortunately the attack on Utoeya seems to have been exceptionally bloody. Originally as the below report shows it was fought that most of the young people on the island had thankfully escaped death, but after police where able to mount a proper search of the island they uncovered many more victims.

Friday's coverage

Since we apparently live in the age of false memory syndrome, the attacks where quickly seized upon by crusader fanatics as evidence of the global Jihad (just put Muslim and Oslo into Google like this to see a few examples). Most of the ones I've seen though where by American authors though, so I'm guessing they know nothing of European history, especially its long experience with politically motivated violence from a number of different groups for variou reasons (Marxist politics, National Liberation, Chauvinism etc.). Hell evenf neighbouring Sweden has something of a Terrorist tradition, In 1975 the Red Army Faction took over the West German Embassy then in the following year there was the botched operation Leo and of course we have the term "Stockholm syndrome" though that term was coined after a Bank-heist. The only European sources I could find jumping on the Muslim bomber bandwagon identify themselves with the Far Right, and they have a very cold and fractious relationship with logic and reality anyway.

No it looks like the culprit Anders Behring Breivik (pictured) has been apprehended and is as white as the virgin snow. He also identifies himself as a Christian and a Conservative, which may also explain why so many of the right wing commentators whom called Jihad early on are refusing to retract there statements. It is also suspected that he had links to radical far right groups and had overtly anti-Muslim views. This would also explain why the Labour party was explicitly targeted rather then focusing on state infrastructure. Scandinavia like much of Europe has had some tensions over the immigration specifically Muslim migrants as they are both foreign in appearance culture and religion they top all three categories on right wing "bad" lists. And much of the anger these groups have is directed just as much at the governing party (or parties if changes in government haven't change immigration numbers) as they are the immigrant communities. They view the government as a fifth column allowing the contamination and transformation of are pure and near perfect societies. Deliberately targeting and killing young people (some just 15 years old)is an extremely cold blooded thing to do, and doesn't offer much tactically speaking unless you viewed the organisation they are affiliated too as the enemy in which case your pre-emptively striking against the next generation of the adversary.

Now Anders represents something of a continent wide phenomenon a right wing radical who doesn't fit into the neat mould of a Jackbooted skinhead. In fact in recent years the demographics of far right groups in Europe have shifted away from hard-line Mein Kampf reading Neo-Nazi's. A large number seem to be drawn from radical nationals and Christians. This is for a number of reasons, one of which is that the Parties and gangs on the far right have deliberately positioned themselves away from there roots to appear in a more "defensive role". In fact its debatable if there are any real Fascist groups of prominence left in Europe.Kevin Passmore in his Fascism a very short introduction notes that there are a number of differences the likes of Mussolini and Hitler, and are modern Aryan vanguard Fuhrer's Nick Griffin and Geert Wilders, he argues that a more accurate term would National Populism, since there platforms are essentially define parts of are nations culture we find agreeable define groups and ideas we find irreconcilable with them (Communism, immigrants, Islam etc.) and pledge to vigorously defend it from the "others", this means that modern far right organisations are and will become much more rooted in folk culture and Christianity because those are the pillars of European society, religion and tradition are nothing if not the first examples of ideology and have come to shape how we (even atheists) view things such as property, marriage, gender roles, the layout of the year, and morality. The EDL and BNP, even the old NF all chose to clothe themselves in the symbols of Britain (in particular English Britain)and constantly tell everyone who will listen that they are the ultimate force of Patriotism.

This means that as time goes on we probably see less of the Swastika and Deustchland Deustchland Uber Alles and more crucifixes and national anthems played at the sites of similar atrocities. Take care people of Norway, hope the rebuilding goes as smoothly as possible and that the injured make full recoveries and that the families of the deceased can someday come to terms with there loss.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Your replacement weekend paper

Now that the News of the World has closed down a lot of people will probably have a paper shaped hole on Sunday. If your one of those people don't worry Uncle Michael's got you covered. Now is the perfect opportunity to try out the weekend edition of the MorningStar.
For just £1 you get two days worth of information with almost no adverts (thanks to the ban by the advertising council)with unprecedented coverage of both the labour movement -as opposed to merely regurgitating stock prices like other papers- and the various campaigns to improve are society and the world. It also feature thorough and under appreciated sports sections complete with tips, interviews and analysis of the shady goings on at the managing level that sadly plague many sports at the professional level, without falling victim to blind "my country tis for thee" jingoism that is so prevalent in every other sports coverage that I'm aware of.

Now you can pick up a copy from the shelves in your local Co-op/ Somerfield, or Mcoll's newsagent, as well as a few other chains, or you can ask your local newsagent to order them in for you, (usually they order extra in case other customers are interested). Read a few articles on the website if your a bit unsure, like for example this one. As far as I'm concerned the Morning Star is the only paper where principled journalism is still practised, well the Mirror does have its moments, and the Liberal rags (Independent, and Guardian) are definitely on a level above right wing gutter floaters, but you do have to put up with a ridiculously condescending and self congratulating tone, and for all the protestations about morals and green living won't hesitate to take big payouts from the same companies and individuals they railed against a couple of issues in.

Anyway just a thought.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Rupert the Barefaced Liar

Thought a quick post to celebrate this hilarious song by the folks at Dailyreckless about the on going storm at News International was in order.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Read all about it! Read all about it!

Oh the tide she is a turning. It looks like finally after literally decades of encroachment on the mass media market and body politic of many nations, the Murdoch Empire has over extended itself. Those phone hacking revelations keep getting worse and worse. It seems that Glenn Mulcaire was not just being paid handsomely for hacking into minor celebs and "photogenic" politicians, it looks like the News of the World head private Dick* has been causing gathering info on wounded and killed servicemen and there families, coupled with allegations that the paper may have had very friendly ties to a number of police officers this could very well turn out to be the perfect storm of bad news for News International in regards to there UK holdings. This story has already cost the PM his favoured PR man Andy Coulson when the links between him and Mr Mulcaire were made known, now many companies have followed the lead of the British legion and dropped contracts with the "Newspaper". And Cameron is even considering an independent inquiry into the whole affair not good news for the share holders as long time readers of Private Eye will know . That is the problem with buying up Politicians they have to maintain at least bare minimum of popularity otherwise they get chucked out of office, and then will be of no use to the boys with money and will kiss most of there "gifts" goodbye.

But News of the World and Murdoch are nothing if not tenacious, it is possible given the resources and assets they've accrued over the years that they will be able to weather the storm, no doubt heaping all the blame on a publicly known minor figure, so we need to keep the pressure up.

And here are two handy ways to help out:

38 degrees long-standing campaign to halt News Internationals complete takeover bid of BSKYB is still ongoing here.

And Avaaz is running a similar campaign here.

And as in life I like to finish with a song, and usually like that song to be by the Jam so here we go.

* short for detective

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